Dissecting the Way We Live



Do you remember the days in Biology class, when the teacher would plop a tray in front of you that smelled of formaldehyde and contained a very dead and disgusting specimen?

Some kids would gag, cry, or even refuse to participate. And then there were the boys…

Those gross boys would pick up the scalpel, with an evil glint in their eye, as they licked their lips and dug right in.  They didn’t mind the poking, prodding, cutting and observing. The more disgusting the better.

When was the last time we took a good look at the gross things in our own lives?

The book of Haggai, in the Old Testament, may be a small book, but it has a mighty message. Four times in that little book, God says, “Give careful thought to your ways.”

Four times!

What things need a closer look?

Perhaps, it is time to get out the microscope and take a deeper look at why we do what we do. Maybe, we need to be like those boys and have that “dissection” mentality, cutting away what doesn’t belong.

Normally, I would be the first one to say, live life and be happy! I would be your biggest encourager. I would give you a thumbs up and say, “You can do it.”

But today, I’d like to say this…

Don’t be afraid of the scalpel.

Turn on the microscope.

View things for what they are, not how you’ve perceived them to be.

Seek first the Kingdom of God.

Give careful thought to your ways.

Make no mistake. I am repeating these things to myself as well. I am ready to be free of the things that don’t belong. I’m ready to look at them with scalpel in hand…

Dissected. Discarded. Delivered.

“Give careful thought to your ways…”  a timely message from our timeless God.

Always an email away,

Jennifer at encouragementmama@gmail.com

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